Tas­ma­nia’s spe­cialty tim­ber in­dus­try should be val­ued and sup­ported

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THE GREENS backflip on spe­cialty tim­ber pol­icy shows they will say ab­so­lutely any­thing as part of their anti-in­dus­try agenda, ac­cord­ing to Se­na­tor Richard Col­beck, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture.

“ENGOs were ac­tu­ally the ones to pro­pose har­vest­ing of spe­cial species coupes in­side the Tas­ma­nian Wilder­ness World Her­itage Area (TWWHA) as part of ne­go­ti­a­tions for the sham for­est peace deal – this was sup­ported by the Greens,” Se­na­tor Col­beck said.

“The Greens de­ci­sion to now change their po­si­tion shows they will say any­thing to suit an ar­gu­ment at a par­tic­u­lar point in time – it shows that their word means lit­tle.

“Tas­ma­nia has an iconic spe­cialty tim­bers in­dus­try that in­cludes ar­ti­sans, boat builders, luthiers and cabi­net mak­ers. These are mostly small scale busi­nesses that pro­duce high value prod­ucts that em­body the essence of Tas­ma­nia’s cul­ture and his­tory.

“It is an in­dus­try that should be val­ued and sup­ported – not un­der­mined as the Greens are try­ing to do.

“It’s now time for the Greens to recog­nise the im­por­tance of Tas­ma­nia’s spe­cial species tim­ber in­dus­try and to work with the Tas­ma­nian Govern­ment to en­sure the in­dus­try has re­source se­cu­rity.”

Se­na­tor Col­beck wel­comed the Tas­ma­nian Govern­ment’s state­ment that they would en­gage closely with all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the United Na­tions, to ap­pro­pri­ately man­age the spe­cial species tim­ber sec­tor.

Se­na­tor Richard Col­beck.

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